Kannada poet Hampana resigns from government post

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Bengaluru: Textbook review line refuses to die down in Karnataka with famous Kannada scholar, poet and writer Hampa Nagarajaiah, popularly known by his pseudonym Hampana, resigning as Chairman of Kuvempu Pratishthana demanding legal action against Rohith Chakrathirtha, the Chair of the Textbook Review Committee.

Hampana resigned from his post on Monday and addressed his resignation letter to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. Kuvempu Pratishthana is a literary organization established by the government of Karnataka.

Hampana has written a letter to the government asking for action against Chakrathirtha for allegedly misrepresenting the regional anthem of the state written by the late poet Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa, popularly known by his pseudonym Kuvempu, who became the first state writer to win the Jnanpith Prize.

“Instead of taking legal action against the person who insulted Kuvempu, who brought laurels to Kannada and Indian literature, the government put the blame on him. He abused Kuvempu and the community he represented. This is a dangerous trend,” Hampana wrote in his resignation letter.

The law sent the wrong message to society that anyone who attacks literary figures will get privileged positions on committees formed by the state government, he said. “Our faith in the government that it would protect the dignity and honor of great personalities has proven wrong,” Hampana said.

“It has become difficult to remain silent after seeing Rashtra Kavi Kuvempu and his poem chosen as the regional anthem being insulted. Therefore, I tender my resignation to Kuvempu Pratishthana established by the government,” he said.

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